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QUALITY, Late 18th Century English Twigg London Double Barrel, Over & Under, Double Barrel, Tap Action, 40 Bore, Flintlock Pistol With Screw Off Barrels. Sn 15428 - 15428
John Fox Twigg was born at Grantham, Linconshire, in 1732 and is listed by Heer (1978) as being apprenticed to the Irish gunmaker, Edward Newton (active 1718-1764), though no dates for the apprenticeship are offered. By 1755, Blackmore (1986) lists Twigg working as a gunmaker from Angel Ct., Charing Cross until 1760 when he moved to 132 Strand, opposite Catherine St., and continued at this address until 1776. He moved again in 1776, this time to Piccadilly where he remained until 1790. During these 14 years he opened several warehouses; at little Somerset St., in 1771; 30 Cornhill, 1777 and Tower Hill in 1779. His only son, John, was apprenticed in 1786 to Henry Nock, and subsequently inherited his father's business. This is a quality made over & under, tap action flintlock pistol by Twigg. It's round steel screw off barrels are 1 ¾” in length (6 ¾” overall). The barrels are unscrewed by placing a specially made tool into notches within the muzzle opening of each barrel (we do not have the tool). The smooth bores have staining and residue consistent with age and the underside of the action has black powder proofs. Its heavy steel frame is nicely engraved on both sides with foliate motifs. On the left side the motif bears the maker’s name 'Twigg' and the right ‘London’. The trigger guard is engraved with a foliate design. It has a steel slide safety, steel pan and hammer which is fitted with a flint. The pistol's bag shaped walnut grip is undamaged. The pistol cocks and dry fires perfectly and the tap action operated by a rounded lever on the left side of the pan functions perfectly. Price for this desirable pistol by a quality maker includes UK delivery. NB as an antique flintlock pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15428
£975.00

C1840 Irish Mc Dermot Dublin 40 Bore Percussion Overcoat Pistol With Silver Stock Mounts & Damascus Barrel. Sn 12756 - 12756
The Irish Gunmakers Farrell & Henry Mc Dermott / Mc Dermot were two prolific makers of pistols in Dublin and are recorded at 1 Abbey Street Dublin in the early to Mid 1800’s. Their guns appear with both spellings "Mc Dermott" or "Mc Dermot". The relevance of the different spellings and the connection between these two gunmakers has yet to be established (they were originally listed by M.S. Dudley Westropp, MRIA, Journal Arms & Armour Society, 1957 Vol.11. No 1). This is an excellent percussion pistol by Mc Dermot, Dublin. It has an undamaged walnut full stock with chequered pistol grip and inlaid silver escutcheon. It has steel furniture and silver stock mounts,. The trigger guard with pineapple finial and hammer have foliate engraved decoration. The action has a sliding safety bolt feature. The action plate is signed ‘Mc Dermot’. It measures 8 ½” overall length and has a 4 ½” Damascus barrel grooved for sighting and small blade fore sight. The sighting groove is marked ‘Dublin’. The action tang and muzzle edge have foliate engraved decoration. The pistol’s smooth bore is clean. The pistol has its original wood ram rod with brass end cap. It’s cocking and firing actions work as they should. The price for this Irish overcoat pistol by prolific Dublin gunsmiths worthy of further research includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a private collection or display. Sn 12756
£895.00

**SOLD**LAYAWAY 15/11**SOLD**Early 19th Century English, Moody London 24 Bore, Brass Frame Percussion Pistol With Screw Off Brass Cannon Barrel & Fine Inlaid Silver Wire Grip Decoration. Sn 15392 - 15392
This is an excellent, brass percussion pistol by Moody London. It is 12 ¼” overall with a 5 ¼” screw off brass cannon barrel. The barrel’s smooth bore has just staining consistent with age. The underside of the frame has crisp proof marks. The brass frame is engraved on both sides with foliate panels. The left side is signed by the manufacturer 'Moody London' (The English Gunmaker Charles Moody of Church Street, Romsey, Hampshire, is only listed in local directories for 1854–9, (see page 100 of English Gunmakers by Bailey & Nie). It may be that this pistol was originally made in the early 19th Century as a flintlock and converted to percussion by Moody. We cannot find an earlier record of an English gunsmith named Moody). It has a steel Dolphin hammer, trigger and trigger guard. Its original undamaged walnut grip has attractive, fine, foliate decoration inlaid with silver wire. The pistol cocks and dry fires as it should with a strong spring action. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a private collection or display. Sn 15392
£0.00

MINT BORE, ORIGINAL, ALL MATCHING NUMBERS, 1854,Colt Pocket Model of 1849 .31 Calibre, Cap And Ball, 5 Shot, Single Action, Revolver With Brass Grip Frame, Cylinder Scene & Octagonal Barrel. Sn 15351 - 15351
The family of Colt Pocket Percussion Revolvers evolved from the iconic 1860 Army and 1851 Navy Revolvers and were produced between 1849 and 1872. This original U.S. Colt .31 Calibre Cap and Ball, 5 shot Pocket Model of 1849 Revolver is in very good original condition with even patina throughout. It has a brass trigger guard and grip frame. The pistol has the correct brass pin fore sight and notched hammer rear sight. It has an undamaged American Walnut grip. The left side of its frame is stamped 'Colts Patent'. The top of the 4 " octagonal barrel is correctly marked 'Address Col Saml Colt New York City'. The bore is near mint clean with crisp well defined rifling. It has matching serial numbers '87772' stamped on its frame, barrel, trigger guard, cylinder and butt which dates its manufacture to 1854. The cylinder and frame are marked 'Colt's Patent’. The cylinder has the faint but correct engraved ‘Stage Coach hold Up Scene’ (illustrated). The weapon's single action firing mechanism and captive steel ‘lever’ ram rod work as they should. The price for this historic Samuel Colt percussion revolver includes UK delivery. NB As an antique cap and ball revolver, no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15351
£1,375.00

Late 1700’s – Early 1800’s Pair Of Irish J. Bloomer Flintlock Pocket Pistols With 40 Bore Screw Off Barrels & Concealed Triggers. Sn 15343 - 15343
The surname Bloomer was first found Ireland where the Bloomer family held a seat from very ancient times. This is an excellent pair of flintlock pocket pistols signed ‘J. Bloomer’ most likely made in Ireland. They are each 6 ¼” overall with 1 ¾” screw off barrels which are 40 bore. The bores of each barrel have just light staining consistent with age and use. The underside of the pistols have crisp proofs. On the left side they are engraved 'J. Bloomer’ within banners and the right sides have engraved banners and void centre panel. Both pistols have concealed triggers and swan neck hammers, one fitted with flint. Both pistols have sliding safety bolts which have tooled decoration. The firing actions of both these pistols work as they should. Their bag shaped wood grips with chequered panel back edges are undamaged and fitted with void silver escutcheons. The price for this matching pair of pistols includes UK delivery. NB As antique flintlock pistols no licence is required to own them in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15343
£1,295.00

Victorian British Tranter’s Patent .30 Calibre Five Shot Double Action Percussion Revolver With Spurless Hammer & Octagonal Barrel To Dr G. Lammert. Sn 15325 - 15325
This is an excellent, original, Tranter’s Patent 5 shot percussion revolver with spurless hammer. The weapon's double action firing mechanism work as it should and the cylinder can be removed for speed loading. The top of the frame is crisply inscribed ‘Dr G. Lammert’ no doubt the original owner of this pistol. Its walnut chequered grip is in excellent condition and has a stepped steel butt cap. It has ‘v’ notch plate rear sight and blade fore sight. The pistol’s 4” octagonal barrel has a clean bore with crisp well defined rifling. It measures 8 ¾” overall length. The pistol's metal work is undamaged has crisp foliate tooled decoration and all original finish. The price for this excellent percussion pistol includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion revolver no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a collection or display. Sn 15325
£975.00

American Mexican War & Civil War Eras, .54 Calibre M1842 US Aston Percussion Cavalry & Navy Pistol With Captive Ram Rod, Brass Fittings & Cudgel Butt. A 612 - A 612
In the early 1840s, Henry Aston, Ira N. Johnson and a number of associates set up a factory in Middlefield, Connecticut, to complete a government contract for martial pistols of the 1842 pattern. The smoothbore Aston/Johnson used the same 54-calibre ball as the new Mississippi Rifle from the Eli Whitney Jr. factory. While it was strongly associated with the cavalry of the day, the 1842 was actually a general service pistol along the lines of the British and French percussion handguns adopted the same year and many examples bear naval markings. Some 34,000 pistols saw production by 1850 and, upon completion of the contract, Johnson continued making the pistols under his own name. He filled an order for an additional 10,000 between 1853 and 1855. The Palmetto Armory added 1,000 units to the total. The Aston/Johnson pistols, in their most familiar role, replaced very similar flintlocks in the saddle holsters of mounted troops. They saw considerable use on the Oregon Trail and in the United States/Mexican war of 1847-48. Issued in pairs, they afforded the Dragoons a couple of extra shots after they discharged their muskets and closed with an enemy. The 1842 is a sturdy pistol with reinforcing brass mounting and a substantial “ball” capping the butt to serve as a cudgel. Our example is in excellent condition. There are no manufacturer or date marks externally visible on our example but all metal and wood is original with even patina. The pistol has the correct brass fittings including, small blade fore sight, cudgel butt, heavy military hammer and captive steel ram rod. It is 14 ½” overall length with an 8 ¼” steel smooth bore barrel. The bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. The action functions as it should. As an antique percussion pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a display or collection. A 612
£595.00

SOLD SOLD (20/02) C1850 British, 40 Bore, Percussion Overcoat Pistol With Screw Off Barrel, Integral Folding Bayonet & Quality German Silver Lion’s Head Butt Cap. Sn 15237 - 15237
This is an excellent percussion overcoat pistol. There are no external visible manufacturer or retailer marks on this pistol. It is 8 ½” overall with a 3 ½” screw off round steel barrel. The barrel’s smooth bore has staining and residue consistent with age and use. The underside of the action and barrel have black powder proofs. The muzzle is slotted for tool to assist screwing off the barrel (tool absent). The barrel can be also be unscrewed by hand. The action and trigger guard are engraved with foliate decoration. It has a steel Dolphin hammer and is complete with integral folding bayonet blade. The triangular blade with fuller is 2 ½” in length. The bayonet is secured to the muzzle of the pistol by a hinge. The bayonet is released by sliding the steel trigger guard to the rear. The tip of the blade sits within a notch in the front of the trigger guard when folded. It has an undamaged chequered walnut grip which has a void diamond shaped German silver escutcheon inlaid on the top edge. The butt has a quality German silver Lions Head boss / cap. The pistol cocks and dry fires as it should with a strong spring action. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion weapon no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as part of a private collection or display. Sn 15237
£0.00

C1840 English, Nock Of London, 40 Bore, Percussion Pocket Pistol With Screw Off Barrel. Sn 15265 - 15265
Henry Nock was a British inventor and engineer of the Napoleonic period, best known as a gunsmith. As well as supplying the military and civilian markets, Nock made expensive pieces for the aristocracy and Royalty. Nock's business eventually became Wilkinson Sword. This is a very good percussion pocket pistol by Nock. It is 7 ¼” overall with a 3" screw off barrel (a barrel key tool is required to unscrew the barrel). The barrel’s smooth bore is clean. It has impressed black powder proofs on the underside of the action & barrel. The action has foliate engraved decoration and the action tang is signed ‘Nock London’. The trigger guard is decorated with foliate decoration. The action works as it should with a strong spring action. The chequered walnut grip is undamaged and inlaid with void German silver escutcheon. The price for this pistol by a quality maker includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15265
£545.00

C1820 English, Thomas Hewson, London .650 Carbine Calibre Percussion Holster Pistol Converted From Flintlock With Octagonal Barrel & Captive Steel Ram Rod. Sn 15231 - 15231
The English London based gunsmith Thomas Hewson is recorded as having premises at 133 Fetter Lane between 1805 & 1808, 36 Piccadilly 1808 to 1820. He is believed to have emigrated to South Africa C1820 and worked as a gunsmith at Grahamstown from 1837 (see page 169 of British Gunmakers Vol 1 by Brown). This is an excellent percussion traveling pistol converted from flintlock by Hewson. It is 11 ¾” overall with a 6 ¼” octagonal brown wash steel barrel. The top barrel flat is crisply signed ‘London’. The smooth bore is clean. It has a Dolphin hammer. The lock plate is crisply signed ‘Hewson’ and has foliate engraved decoration. It has an undamaged all original walnut full stock. Its steel trigger guard with extended tang has foliate engraved decoration and it has its original captive steel ram rod with steel ram rod mount. The pistol has a brass bead fore sight. It’s cocking and firing actions work as they should. The price includes UK delivery. NB As an antique percussion pistol no licence is required to own this item in the UK if retained as a part of a collection or display. Sn 15231
£895.00
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